The Benue State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of University (BSU-ASUU) has embarked on what it called a “total, indefinite and comprehensive” strike following the failure of the school management to address the issue concerning the “implementation and payment of accrued arrears of 2021, 2022, and 2023 promotions of the academic staff of the institution.
The declaration of industrial action was contained in a statement jointly endorsed on Thursday, February 1, 2024, by the Chairman of BSU-ASUU, Comrade Kwaghfan Tarnongo, and the Secretary of the union, Terrumun Gajir.
The duo jointly stated that there was a tripartite agreement reached in January 2023 between the Benue State Government, BSU Administration and Governing Council, and ASUU-BSU which mandated the state government to increase funding to the university to address the issues of promotion and annual increment, describing it as a road map to industrial harmony in BSU.
However, while the BSU-ASUU claimed that the Benue State government had been fulfilling its part since the agreement was reached, the union accused the University Management of not paying the staff's entitlements after reaching the additional income from the Benue State government.
They listed failures of the Benue State University Management Board to cater for the welfare of the staff, “Non-Implementation and payment of accrued arrears of annual incremental step, April 2023 salary arrears, shortfall in the salaries of staff of the College of Health Sciences.
“Others are payment of Earned Academic Allowance, payment of sundry allowances (PG, GST, EPS, SANDWICH, etc), non-enrolment/implementation of National Health Insurance Scheme amongst other issues.
“ASUU BSU issues this statement to inform the public about the reasons for the current strike and the efforts the branch had made to avert it through dialogue with the BSU administration. We regret that our efforts at dialogue have not achieved the desired expectations.”
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Published 2/3/2024 11:49:44 AM